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World Premieres Highlight Keene State Faculty Artists Concert

KEENE, N.H., 4/09/07 - Two world premieres highlight the KSC Faculty Artists’ Recital on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

Professor Emeritus Bill Pardus’s Woodwind Quartet No. 1, commissioned by Festival Chamber Music, will have its world-premiere performance presented by David Fleming, flute, Sussan Henkel, oboe, Mary Seaver, clarinet, and Joy Flemming, bassoon. In addition, José Lezcano’s Tango-Overture will also have its world premiere in this particular version, with Marcia Lehninger and Julie Marden, violins, Kathy Andrew, viola, and Perri Zimmerman, cello.

The final Faculty Artists’ Recital of the spring will also feature John Ferraro, clarinet, and Maura Glennon, piano, performing Brahms’ E-flat Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; Craig Sylvern, tenor saxophone, and Maura Glennon, piano, performing an aria by twentieth century French composer Eugene Bozza, as well as a saxophone solo written by Jouissante; a Debussy piano trio presented by George Loring, piano, Sussan Henkel, oboe, and Joy Flemming, bassoon; John Ferraro, clarinet, and Joy Flemming, bassoon, in a sonata by Poulenc; and a xylophone piece by Joseph Schwantner performed by Christopher Swist.

Craig Sylvern, a tenor saxophonist, as well as a composer, is an associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Music at Keene State and has toured for many years with Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band.

Maura Glennon is an associate professor of music at Keene State, where she has taught applied piano, keyboard literature, piano ensemble, accompanying, opera workshop, and chamber music since 1998. Recent performances include a piano trio recital with Kathy Andrew and Judith Serkin at KSC and a cello and piano recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

José Lezcano is a professor of music at Keene State. His guitar studies were with Aaron Shearer and Christopher Berg. Cuban composer/guitarist Leo Brouwer called him “un guitarrista magnifico.”

George Loring is an artist-in-residence with Keene State’s Department of Music, where he teaches piano performance, accompanying, piano pedagogy, class piano, piano ensemble, and music theory. He also fulfills extensive accompaniment duties.

Kathy Andrew, violinist, is an active freelance violinist and instructor in Brattleboro, Vermont. She teaches at Keene State, The Putney School, and the Brattleboro Music Center, where she also conducts the music school’s Senior Orchestra.

John Ferraro is in his first year as adjunct professor of clarinet at Keene State. He is principal clarinet with the Monadnock Chorus Orchestra in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and is a member of the Massachusetts Wind Orchestra. In addition to KSC, he teaches instrumental and choral music in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Joy Flemming is a founding member of Festival Chamber Music and a principal bassoonist with the Keene Chamber Orchestra and Raylynmor Opera Orchestra. She has performed with the Granite State Orchestra, Opera North, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, and the Keene State Orchestra.

Marcia Lehninger has performed with the Hartford Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Orchestra New England, Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra, and Pro Musica Symphony. She is a faculty member teaching music theory and music appreciation at Keene State and has been a Hartt Community Division faculty member since 1999.

Bill Pardus is the former chairman of the Keene State Department of Music, where he taught arranging, American music, jazz history, and theory, and directed the KSC Electronic Music Studio.

Christopher Swist teaches percussion at Keene State, is a composer, and also performs with the New Britain Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Steel Sunrise, Drumspeak, Lehninger-Swist Duo, Dance Connecticut, and Seven Angels Theater.

Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office, 603-358-2168, at least two weeks before the recital.

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